SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Thu, 05 May 2016 08:34:41 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb HIF Handwashing Challenge 2016 - by: MenkaS
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has just launched a new innovation challenge to improve handwashing practices in emergency settings. We're looking for the most promising ideas from teams who we will invite to our innovation sprint event in the UK at the end of June 2016. Following the event, all teams will have the opportunity to apply for grant funding of up to £200,000.

We have identified three areas which each address a different theme within handwashing;

#LoveCleanHands - changing behaviour through hygiene promotion
#ReimagineSoap - developing soap alternatives
#BetterFacilities - designing better handwashing facilities

Head to our website to find our challenge videos, handbook and everything you need to know about the process, what we're looking for and how to apply.

To be in the running to attend our innovation sprint event in June and apply for funding, submit your ideas to us by 21 MAY 2016.

Happy to answer any questions on this forum!

Best wishes,
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:56:59 +0000
Call for applications: Desk-based review into monitoring, verification and certification and CLTS - by: Petra
The CLTS Knowledge Hub is seeking a researcher to conduct a desk-based review into the different monitoring, verification and certification systems and initiatives currently ongoing in CLTS programming, at national, regional and local levels, both government and NGO/INGO-led.

Please take a look at the call for applications here

and circulate to suitable candidates who may be interested.

Many good wishes,
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:30:01 +0000
USAID's scheme DIV (Development Innovations Ventures) is still accepting proposals from the WASH sector - by: muench
Funding is still available. We accept applications every single day of the year, and happy to receive more application from the WASH sector.

So I thought I should bring this to everyone's attention.

This page explains how to apply:

And this page shows current and past projects that were funded under this DIV scheme:


Development Innovation Ventures
DIV holds a year-round grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness.

DIV’s tiered-funding model, inspired by the venture capital experience, invests comparatively small amounts in relatively unproven concepts, and continues to support only those that prove they work. Visit the DIV portfolio to see the evidence-gathering and scale-up activities of DIV winners around around the world.

It's a 17 Million USD scheme and DIV still has a WASH funding window to this date. Back in 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contributed 8.7 Million USD to this grant scheme in a collaboration agreement between USAID and the BMGF (see here: see here:
The purpose of the collaboration was to support a collaboration with USAID to support the identification, testing, and sustained uptake of evidence-based approaches to delivering water, sanitation and hygiene services to the poor.

Over the next few weeks, starting today, I am also going to introduce and highlight on the forum some of the projects that they have funded, so that we can discuss them a bit further and learn from them.

Here are the links to those that have been introduced on the forum so far:

Older projects:
Field evaluation of an affordable, effective on-site sanitation system - Testing the "Tiger Toilet" (2013-2015)]]>
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:07:25 +0000
Seeking water and sanitation proposals for RELX Group Environmental Challenge (deadline 2 May 2016) - by: muench See here:

Or here:


The 2016 competition launched on 1 March

The RELX Group Environmental Challenge is awarded to projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or access to improved sanitation. Projects must have clear practical applicability, address identified need, and advance related issues such as health, education, or human rights.

There is a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry. The winners will receive free access for one year to ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s database of full text, scientific information, including almost 250,000 articles since 2000 in Environmental Sciences. The winning projects will be highlighted in the RELX Group journal Water Research.

RELX Group is a global provider of world-class information and tools that help our customers advance science, improve medical outcomes, enable better legal decisions, evaluate risk, forge business relationships and gain business insight. All four business units of our company have a growing portfolio of products and services that advance environmental knowledge and understanding. We are committed to using our extensive networks and expertise to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of useful information about improving access to sustainable water supply.


Use the tabs on the left of their website to find out more, e.g.:

The RELX Group Environmental Challenge is open to individuals or organisations operating in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Projects must advance sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or access to improved sanitation, and include the following criteria:

  • Be replicable, scalable and sustainable. and set a benchmark for innovation
  • Have practical applicability
  • Address non-discrimination/equity of access
  • Involve and impact a range of stakeholders
  • Have local/community-level engagement

These are the criteria against which projects will be assessed. Early stage projects are preferred. The winning project in the RELX Group Environmental Challenge will receive a single payment of $50,000, with the second place finisher receiving a single payment of $25,000.

Application details are here (deadline is 2 May 2016):

Good luck!]]>
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:02:40 +0000
cewas: Call for Ideas 2016 - Let’s bring fresh and innovative ideas in sanitation, water and resource management to reality. - by: dorothee.spuhler Are you looking for support and mentorship to further develop and put your idea into practice?
Submit your idea by 15th May 2016 and take your chance to win the cewas Call for Ideas endowed with 5’000 CHF and secure a sponsored place in the cewas start-up programme 2016/17.

Wanted: Innovative ideas and business models!
If you have an idea that you think can make a valuable contribution to achieving global access to clean water, sanitation, and energy for the poor, we would like to hear about it! Your idea can be anything in the following fields of action:
  • Community & capacity development
  • Training & coaching
  • Consulting, design & engineering
  • Contracting & building
  • Supplying & dealing
  • Service provision

The award
The cewas Call for Ideas 2016 honours the most promising, interesting and creative idea in sanita-tion, water and resource management for the poor. The winner will secure a sponsored place in the cewas start-up programme 2016/17, where she or he will be able to put the idea into reality, and CHF 5.000,- start-up capital.
The cewas start-up programme is a professional summer school for those planning their own or-ganisation or business in sanitation, water and resource management. From launching a project idea to developing a proper start-up, cewas offers you the knowledge, support and connections you need to make your idea a success.

Get involved
All you need to do, to have your idea considered for the cewas Call for Ideas 2016, is simply send it to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by midnight on Sunday 15th May 2016. If your idea fits the criteria, we’ll contact you and invite you to present it in front of an expert jury in Willisau, Switzerland, on 9th June 2016. The Call for Ideas 2016 is carried out in three phases:
15th May 2016: deadline for submission of innovative ideas
27th May 2016: communication to selected applicants by jury
9th June 2016: Public presentations of selected ideas in front of the jury, jury decision and award ceremony at cewas in Willisau

Criteria for participation
  • Ideas must be submitted by an individual, group, organization or institution
  • The submitted idea is a fresh innovative approach to accelerating global access to sanita-tion and clean water for underprivileged people in developing and emerging countries
  • Good command of English (the cewas start-up programme will be held in English)
  • You are able to participate in the public ideas presentation and award ceremony on 9th June 2016 in Willisau, Switzerland, and motivated to take part in the cewas start-up programme 2016/17 from 10th August to 16th September 2016 (followed by a one year coaching period)

A cooperation of
  • cewas
  • The Swiss Blue Tex Bridge
  • The Swiss Water Partnership
  • Impact Hub
  • Euforia
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:50:50 +0000
USAID/Rwanda's Rwandan Rural Sanitation Program (RRSP) RFA - by: campbelldb
The RFA can be found at

Please pass it on to any organization you believe might be interested to apply.]]>
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:44:19 +0000
Re: OpenIDEO Challenge for marketing sanitation in India - by: canaday
The Svadha Company seems very organized and efficient, plus the webpage is very well done.

One suggestion. With so much open defecation in India, we need to why people prefer this. It is not just poverty, tradition, or lack of understanding. I think many prefer OD because of the cleaner air and less direct contact with other people's germs (as long as they successfully dodge all the other land mines spread across the landscape). So I suggest we should offer a UDDT that is not only extremely inexpensive, but also has no roof, such that there is more fresh air, rain washes all the surfaces, and the sun helps to sterilize all the surfaces. Remember that no one will be sleeping there and umbrellas and jackets will continue to work there.

I have an idea of how to do this, with a ferrocement floor just big enough to squat on and just high enough to have a 20-liter bucket underneath to place woven polypropylene sacks to catch the feces (and a lid for the fecal drop hole when not in use). A standard 25-cm-diameter plastic would channel the urine into a perforated hose buried in the ground. We would also arrange for a simple structure to store the sacks in, under the shade of trees, with a roof to keep the rain off. I have not built this yet, but would like to.

Privacy could be provided by whatever one likes, including beautiful, flowering hedges, or palm fronds stuck in the ground, etc.

I think there is still time to apply to the challenge mentioned above.

Do you only work in the one state? Would you eventually like to expand to cover the whole country?

What do you think about this idea?

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:02:08 +0000
Re: OpenIDEO Challenge for marketing sanitation in India - by: sampark Here in Odisha, India- we are in sanitation business in all 30 districts. We are scaling up the sanitation business through our entrepreneurs & NGO network.

You can go through the link & get more about our action in the state. Here is the link-

Can you give your feedback.

Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:01:15 +0000
Re: Introducing the VIA Water Fund and Community - by: muench
Thanks for posting here. Very interesting. I browsed through your website but didn't find answers to the following questions:

  1. So I assume the VIA Water Fund is funded by the Dutch government? How big is the fund and for how many years?
  2. Do you have a listing of the projects funded so far and their size and duration (I found projects mentioned on your website but didn't find a good overview page yet?)
  3. I see you've set up a "community" and "knowledge hub" - have you thought about how to integrate or interlink it with the SuSanA community (forum) and knowledge hub (library), at least for your sanitation focus area (I see you have themes in other areas, too; but for sanitation I see a lot of overlap and potential for synergies).
  4. What is the plan to make this into a longer-term initiative, not one that comes and goes after 3 years...?
  5. Could you encourage those grantees who received funding for sanitation or WASH projects to also include them on this forum and perhaps add them to the SuSanA project database? See:
  6. I couldn't figure out how exactly your funding cycle works, i.e. are you accepting proposals all through the year or are there certain deadlines to consider? Is the first round of projects currently underway and therefore no more applications are accepted, or how does it work? I am just thinking from the perspective of prospective applicants.

Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:46:48 +0000
OpenIDEO Challenge for marketing sanitation in India - by: canaday
You might find the following challenge interesting. Let me know if I can be of any help.

Best wishes,
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:30:23 +0000
USAID solicitation – Sustainable WASH Systems - submit Expressions of Interest no later than February 10, 2016 - by: campbelldb
Link to the BAA

USAID and other development organizations struggle with the sustainability of their WASH sector investments. Over the last 20 years, failed hand pumps in Africa represent a total lost investment of between $1.2 and $1.5 billion, with 30-40% of rural water systems failing prematurely, and more than half of all subsidized toilets are unused, misused or abandoned. usaid-logo-jpg

Fewer than 5% of WASH projects are visited after project conclusion. USAID defines sustainable WASH as being “achieved when country partners and communities take ownership of the service and there are local systems to deliver inputs needed to maintain results and deliver impacts beyond the life of USAID projects.”

Through the BAA process, USAID seeks to address the lack of sustainability of WASH programming by partnering with one or more organizations with advanced technical knowledge of the WASH sector and systems analysis.

This partnership will design, develop, and test a new methodology for using systems analysis, multi-stakeholder initiatives and continuous learning and information dissemination to improve the impact and sustainability of USAID WASH programming.

The Performance Objective is to develop and test a systems-based methodology for improved sustainability in WASH programming that will be used to better understand and engage the local system in their WASH activities.]]>
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:12:01 +0000
Request for proposals – lessons from public behaviour change campaigns (WaterAid, deadline 29 January 2016) - by: muench
Request for proposals – lessons from public behaviour change campaigns

WaterAid is seeking proposals for analysing and drawing lessons from existing and past approaches in conducting public information and behaviour change campaigns.

See all the details here:

It says there:

Consultants or teams interested in conducting this work should submit a proposal and detailed budget for review.

Individual or team expressions of interest are welcome from around the world, and will be reviewed based on staff competencies, record of previous work, quality of proposal and value for money.

The deadline is already in two days but who knows perhaps they could be asked for an extension.

If you decide to go for it, good luck!
(I don't know anything else about it than what I saw on their website)]]>
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:34:56 +0000
Call for Proposals for The first National Toilet Technology Innovation Contest in China! - China National Tourism Administration and BMGF - by: Doulaye
I am really pleased to forward this call for proposal from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) for innovative public toilet facilities (see details in the attachment below at the end of this post). This is an opportunity to demonstrate how your invention can be applied in a real working environment. The call is open to all industry partners and academic institutions who can propose solutions that will help the CNTA. You can bid as individual organization of submit joint proposal.

We estimated that the market for reinvented toilet in China is approx. $2bn. Through this call, the CNTA initiative provides a great platform to better understand how innovative toilet technology will help addressing the sanitation crisis. I am hopeful that this initiative will also create opportunities to further extend their application in the country.

Link to CNTA:

With my best regards;


Doulaye Kone, PhD
Senior Program Officer, WSH, Toilet Team
Transformatives Technologies
Global Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Some excerpts from the attachment (added by moderator):

The first National Toilet Technology Innovation Contest, jointly held by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates Foundation), officially kicked off. This event will showcase China’s capacity for building and managing toilets, while selecting and introducing the most advanced toilet building technologies worldwide. The contest will ultimately promote innovations in toilet solutions and push for further progress in China’s toilet revolution. We hereby invite you to participate in this event by submitting your proposals.

1. Participants
1.1 Research and design institutes, universities and colleges, enterprises, associations, as well as individuals who are interested in designing toilets for tourists.
1.2 All proposals should be systematic technology solutions at professional levels.

5. Evaluation and award

5.1 Evaluation
The contest will provide 10 Excellent Technology Awards and several Excellent Creative Idea Awards.

5.2 Award
The result will be publicized and published in media. The awarded plans will be shown in the China International Tourism Commodity Fair in 2016. They will also be applied on a large scale and promoted in tourism attractions across the country. Additionally, proposals for new technologies that meet Gates Foundation specs for the Reinvented Toilet will be reviewed by the Foundation WSH program for potential development funding.

6.1 The deadline is March 15, 2016]]>
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:04:58 +0000
Re: Tender for Implementation of Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse (RRR) business models in Lima, Peru - by: Florian]]> Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:12:59 +0000 Tender for Implementation of Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse (RRR) business models in Lima, Peru - by: Florian (Project Number 134979, Notice no. 897507).

The ‘Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse’ project (RRR project) focuses on rethinking sanitation systems and turning waste streams into physical and financial resource streams by ensuring and promoting safe reuse. It was initiated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC / Global Programme Water Initiatives).
The first phase (2012-2015), also referred to as the research phase, produced under the lead of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) (i) a catalogue of business models for four cities (Kampala, Hanoi, Bangalore and Lima) and (ii) a Sanitation Safety Plan (SSP) Manual. In addition, feasibility studies of the RRR business models were conducted in the four cities mentioned above .
The objective of the second phase is to test and implement the RRR business models and related SSP in two cities: Kampala and Lima. The aim of the current tender is to identify an implementing partner for the implementation of RRR businesses in Lima (phase 2) during the period 2016-2017.
The implementation phase (phase 2) will examine the most promising business models for Lima, identify pilot sites and train the relevant stakeholders on business planning and the SSP, while assuring an adequate recognition of the project at political level.
Estimated start and end of phase 2: May 2016 to November 2017
Estimated man months for the phase 2: approx. 20]]>
Calls for proposals, tenders, applications, expressions of interest (projects and awards) Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:52:16 +0000